Leadership

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

FOUNDER KATHLEEN GAFFNEY, MS

Kathleen is a creativity missionary. She has had to re-create herself numerous times to answer dramatic life changes including that brought on by suicide - her brother in 2011, her niece in 2015, and her daughter, Kasey, in 2016.

Her personal re-creation also affected her professional life.  She was a successful actor, later to become director, playwright, consultant, author, CEO, and entrepreneur.  In 2013, she graduated from The International Center for Studies in Creativity with a Master of Science Degree.

In 1991, she co-founded the arts-in-education organization, Artsgenesis, with Roger Shea, where she trained or provided Keynote speeches to tens of thousands of artists and teachers.

She is the author of two books, numerous articles and nine plays. Two TV shows have featured the story of how the arts rescued her daughter, Kerrianne, from autism.

Turning Negativity into Creativity

 

Despair is the inability to construct a future.

Rollo May

FOUNDER ROGER SHEA

He began his professional career as a stage manager, leading to general manager and producer for Off-Broadway shows and national tours. Later, he was employed at Actors Equity as a union representative, organizer, and writer where he wrote the first National Cabaret Contract and Small Professional Theatre Contract.

In 1991, Roger co-founded Artsgenesis Inc., an award winning, non-profit, arts-In-education organization that served more than one hundred thousand teachers, students and parents through arts programs and institutes in 27 states.

Programs were in-residence in schools, community and senior centers, festivals and prisons. While there, he also produced three off-Broadway shows, three musical reviews and a tour of the dancers and musicians of the National Ballet of Guinea for Artsgenesis. Programs were assessed by Columbia, St. John’s, Kean, and New Jersey City University among others.

The National Endowment of the Arts called Artsgenesis, “One remarkable organization.”

 

Board of Directors

Shealyn McCoy
Buffalo, NY

Thomas Roger Shea
Cheshire, CT

Scott Madrid
Atlanta, GA

Tara P. Shea
Phoenix, AZ

Sam Benetovich
Buffalo, NY

Lawrence Gaffney
Rochester, NY

Josh Mahaney
Orlando, FL

Brian Gaffney
Niagara Falls, NY

Thomas Patrick Shea
Bayshore, NY

Brittany Schofield
Treasurer
Buffalo , NY

Monica Henderon
Secretary
Raleigh, NC